3 things that will make Commanders training camp a success
By Jerry Trotta
1. Carson Wentz-Terry McLaurin chemistry
As important as linebacker and Samuel’s health are to Washington, nothing is bigger than the chemistry between Wentz and McLaurin.
McLaurin is the Commanders’ most important offensive player and he fell victim to lackluster quarterback play last season. While his stat line was impressive — 77 catches for 1,053 yards (13.7 YPC) and five touchdowns — his week-to-week production left a lot to be desired for a receiver of his caliber.
Think about this: McLaurin was limited to less than 65 receiving yards in 12 games. He eclipsed 100 yards on just four occasions and managed less than 40 receiving yards in four games. In three of those he finished with less than 25 yards.
That shouldn’t happen with Wentz under center. With all due respect to Taylor Heinicke, Wentz has twice (maybe triple) the arm talent. The 29-year-old is also deadly on the run (when he’s not throwing into triple coverage) and we all know McLaurin’s penchant for turning broken plays into chunk yards.
Wentz and McLaurin are building a strong off-field relationship. Hopefully that translates onto the gridiron and they hit the ground running at camp. If that happens, the Commanders will be feeling pretty confident heading into Week 1.
We’re speaking it into existence!